Best Places to Live

Coeur d'Alene, ID

Population: 53,531
Photo courtesy of Coeur d’Alene CVB

Retirees looking for a laid-back lifestyle in a city that resembles a vacation retreat will find Coeur d'Alene, ID, a viable option. Many retirees discover Coeur d'Alene first as a vacation destination before they realize it's a best place to retire. Barbara Walters once named Coeur d'Alene as one of the country's most fascinating places. The city overlooks Lake Coeur d'Alene, but is also within short driving distance of more than 50 lakes and dozens of evergreen topped mountains. Coeur d'Alene's waterfront location, large assortment of golf courses and ample fishing spots combine with excellent health care, affordable housing and good tax benefits to make it one of the best places to retire.

Downtown Coeur d'Alene is an inviting area featuring more than 125 shops and restaurants in a six-block area. Bikers will find more than 150 miles of trails to ride on in and around the city. Centennial Trail, one of the most popular, meanders for 24 miles from Lake Coeur d'Alene to the Washington state line.

The city and nearby areas offer more than 20 independent living, senior apartments and retirement communities. Lake City Center gives citizens 60 and over a place to gather for socialization, educational programs, meals and activities. The Jewett House also offers activities for seniors.

Idaho's tax policies are generally favorable to retirees. Social Security benefits are not taxed, and primary residences are eligible for a property tax exemption of up to 50 percent of assessed value.

Coeur d'Alene, ID Highlights

Cost of living: 2% above the national average
Population 65 & over: 14.6%
Sales tax: 6%